Well what can i say. I tend to read these types of reviews very sceptically. I read a great few before booking and didnt quite understad why so many mentioned specific staff members.
But boy after the most amazing week I can truley understand why!
Travelling out was a bit of drag (12 hours out) as we had to stop in Manchester but once we arrived it was very smooth and we were whisked away to our hotel.
upon arrival it was about 11pm and they were still serving food.. and boy what food they serve. The buffet they provide is unbelevable. I went to Egypt in December just gone on my firrst all inclusive and i was dissapointed.. Dreams palm beach blew me away! table after table of all different types of food.
Breakfast - As its a very american resort the food tends to suit their taste more:
Fresh Fruit juice made there and then
Pancakes / Omlettes, fried eggs, amazing range of bread, fruits cereals, fish & full english breakfasts. im sure there was more so this quick list really doesnt ive it justice.
Lunch: Meats / popcorn/ nachos/ frsh fish / spagetti (made for you there and then), steak
Dinner: Same as Lunch really plus 4 amazing restaurants included as part of the all inclusive too.
Private Dinner on the Beach: $150 we got the most amazing dinner on the beach. we had it at sunset which was perfect. Had 4 courses including lobster and champaigne! Couldnt have asked for more
I have a very sensitive stomac and had accepted that going on a holiday like this i would more then likely get ill but nothing i expeienced at all.
Pool: Great size pools and just atthe right temeperature to cool down at midday! Sun beds did start to be taken very early but i guess you expect that at most places nower days. We saw people heading out there to secure their seats at 5:30am! dedicted to the perfect tan i guess.
Facilities were great - We're not much of drinkers so we watched a movie or 2. They lent out DVDs as wel as put on an outdoor cinema each night! They do have a casino and club but thats not my sort of thing so cant really comment.
We did plenty of trips and the hotel is in areally good location:
Saona Island: 1 1/2 hours drive to get there but once there its lovely...actually its beyond lovely its stunning... not too busy and theres some lovely photos to get... truley beautiful and a must.
Sharks and Stingrays swim: From the hotel in the sea in the distance you can see what looks like a fishing hut.. in truth it is a lovely detox place where you ake a relaxing boat out too and then get a massage and as much fresh fruit juice you want. As part of it you get to swim around thier reef (which wasnt amazing but i didnt evenrealise they had one so it was a bit of a bonus) then we went and swam with stingrays...
We were passed a stingray to hold and a photo was taken ($10).. and then we swam with sharks... Vegetarian sharks so dont worry :-) truley beautiful creatures.
We walked back along the beach instead of getting the bus.. recommend that to anyone!
Dolphin Swim: Lovely and amazing well worth the cash and not too far to drive either. But i would say you not only swim with dolphins but you swim with sharks and stingrays as well. If you are going to do this excursion then i wouldnt bother doing theSharks and stingrays tripi mentioned above.
One useful thing to note thoug is that theyoffer the chance to swmwith sealions as well but you have to pay and book before you get out there. They wont accept payment once out in their pens.
Outback Safari -If your a party animal and want a drinking tour then this one ISNT for you. Theres the big green party buss or somethin like that that caters for that type of group. The tour we went on was perfect. laid back and very informative. Te guide was really nice and showedus a lot of really interesting stuff like cocoa how its grown / cigars / rum..of which i bought a lot of each lol!
Again comparing it with Egypt i felt they looked at us (tourists) as htough we were just money to them. the people i met i DR were nothing of the kind. They treat you amazingly well andhave constant beautiful big smiles. Tipping isnt expected or forced but who isnt going to be happy when you get given a few extra dollars here and there. After speaking to one of the chefs i found out that they are motivated more by the fact that if they get mentioned on your exit sheet they get points towards going to University that is subsidised by Dreams palm beach. Every worker imet (reception down to grounds keeper and cleaners were all very motivated and happy so i was very impressed).
Rooms: Beautiful modern and clean. Safe provided in each room
I hve and will be recommending this to a lot of people! I was very very happy!
Again one other thing to note is that while onthe way back to the airport we were chatting to other couples about their holidays and they werent as positive. I really think a hotel can make or break your holiday and this place is really nice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Facing the Caribbean Sea, white sand beach and lush gardens, Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana boasts 500 spacious rooms and ample suites surrounded by swaying palm trees and views of endless blue waters stretching to the horizon - the perfect setting in paradise. Take advantage of all the unlimited luxury activities Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana has to offer. Swim, sail, snorkel or windsurf in the turquoise Caribbean, enjoy fine a-la-carte dining, sip favorite cocktails at one of our bars. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- Occidental Punta Cana
- Occidental Allegro Punta Cana
- Punta Cana Occidental
- Sunscape Punta Cana
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